Friday, July 13, 2012
Anniversary of the Carabinieri
Before coming to power the Fascist Blackshirts often clashed with the Carabinieri but, of course, that changed when the Fascists became the legal government. However, their first duty was always to the King rather than to any temporary political official. It was the Carabinieri who arrested Mussolini when the King gave the order and the Carabinieri were among those who tried to defend Rome from the forces of Nazi Germany who occupied more than half of Italy. All members of the Carabinieri who were caught behind the lines were arrested by the Nazis since Hitler considered them 'too royalist' to be trusted and they were sent to concentration camps in Germany. After the war, when the monarchy was abolished there was a great break with historical tradition for the Carabinieri but they still serve and have seen action in international operations in Kosovo, Afghanistan and Iraq. Now attached to the armed forces, they remain the national police force and the guardians of the President of the Italian Republic.